Journey's End

Mark S. M. Scott

in Journey Back to God

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199841141
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949809 | DOI:


Journey's End

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The sixth chapter examines Origen's universalism. It argues that the story of his theodicy ends with the annihilation of evil when God will be all in all. It clarifies the ambiguity in Origen's position on universal salvation. Origen accommodates his teachings on hell to the intellectual and spiritual capacity of his audience. As a caretaker of souls, he warns against the fires of hell to the simple and immature, while to the more advanced, he cautiously speculates on the possibility of salvation beyond hell, even the salvation of the Devil. Just as parents must sometimes deceive their children to promote their physical, intellectual, and spiritual well-being, so God must sometime deceive us with the threat of eternal, physical hellfire to promote our spiritual well-being. In his teaching, Origen employs the principles of pedagogical accommodation and pastoral edification.

Keywords: universalism; divinization; eschatology; apokatastasis; purification; pedagogy; mystery; Hell; Hevil; 1 Corinthians

Chapter.  14430 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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